jueves, 7 de septiembre de 2017

Coleccionismo fotográfico e investigación : ''Finding Vivian Maier'' (2013) / English subtitles.

 
Hace pocos días publiqué un post que incluía, sin más comentario, un film de más de una hora de duración sobre Vivian Maier.
Ahora, vista con detalle la película se la recomiendo ver.
Creo que muchos de los lectores de este blog han visto algunas de sus fotos en las recientes exposiciones que han recorrido España y el mundo.
No creo equivocarme si digo que a la mayoría de los espectadores que fuimos a verlas nos gustaron mucho cuando no "muchísimo" auque esta palabra siempre parece una exageración  por lo habitual que es oirla.
Pues bien el descubridor de esas fotos, de esa fotógrafa que las hizo, de esa persona que era esa fotógrafa excelente ha realizado esta película sobre todo  el proceso de descubrimiento de las fotos, y de cómo empezó a descubrir a la persona que existía tras la cámara.
Está en inglés, pero se entiende bien y ADEMÁS SUBTITULADA TAMBIÉN EN INGLÉS.
Creo que muchos de nosotros , en algún momento, en más o en menos, con pocos medios o con muchos medios, hemos realizado una labor investigadora sobre un fotógrafo o una foto.
Pues bien aqui, en la película, vemos como se realiza una investigación con suficientes medios, en la era de internet, en USA donde las preguntas y respuestas se producen con más facilidad que aquí ( entrevistas a personas que permiten su publicación) y, sobre todo, como se investiga , lo que se puede investigar a partir de muchos objetos de la persona investigada ( cartas, facturas, ropa, maletas etc)
Lo dicho, realmente amena y entretenida la pelicula que, además, nos va mostrando muchas fotos de Vivian Maier que no han aparecido en las exposiciones realizadas hasta ahora.
Quizás me ha gustado más porque, personalmente, me agrada la investigación (como aficionado) fotográfica y sé que, por muchos medios que se tenga, internet principalmente, no es nada fácil de realizar y lleva mucho tiempo y muchos fracasos.

Sin embargo en este film nos van presentando, gracias a la proximidad en el tiempo de la vida de la artista,  a la gente que conoció a Vivian Maier persona sin, creo, fijarse en su persona y muchos menos en su carácter de artista.
 Como mucho se fijaron en dos cosas "era grande" "siempre llevaba la cámara colgada.

................Esto es lo que hace especialmente interesante esta película que nos va mostrando a una desconocida que quiso ser desconocida pero que guardo todo para, si alguien lo descubría, ser conocida.....y así pasó.

Como he comentado anteriormente yo he realizado una investigación  a fondo, sobre la vida y obra de Albert Levy, y muchas otras investigaciones de menor extensión sobre fotógrafos o fotografías ( algunas de ellas, por cierto, las subí a la Wikipedia para animar a la gente a ampliar los datos)
En seis años conseguí muchos datos sobre sus fotos y, casi ninguno, sobre su vida.
Y , todavía hoy continuo la investigación y no sé contestar algunas preguntas sobre la vida de un fotógrafo.
Asi, este mismo año,  me dirigí a la biblioteca del último domicilio que conocia "Asnières" pidiendo datos sobre él y obtuve la siguiente contestación:

Monsieur,

Suite à votre courriel  du 19 mars 2017,
Nous avons trouvé trace de ce monsieur Albert Levy résidant bien  au 4 avenue Pinel de 1901 à 1931 date de son décès
Le service ne possède de collection photographique émanant de lui.

Cordialement

François-xavier CHAIX
Service des Archives
1 place de l'hôtel de ville
B P 217
92602 Asnières-sur-Seine Cedex
TEL : 01 41 11 17 21
FAX 01.47.33.16.75

Es decir, salvo error, dejó de fotografiar hacia 1901/05 y falleció en 1931 sin que quede rastro de su obra en su pueblo, lo que es poco frecuente dado que estamos hablando de 30 años y Asnières, no lo olvidemos, fue una villa famosa por su cercanía a París y por ser objeto,objetivo de los pinceles de muchos pintores impresionistas.  Es decir una villa "culta" para su tiempo. 

Sur les traces des grands peintres

Flânez sur les bords de Seine et plongez dans la Belle Epoque grâce à ce parcours impressionniste inauguré en septembre 2013.  Du pont d’Asnières au pont de Clichy, partez à la découverte des paysages qui ont inspiré ces célèbres peintres tels que Van Gogh, Émile Bernard, Paul Signac ou Seurat qui avaient choisi la ville comme lieu de résidence ou d’inspiration.


 Y todavía tengo muchas preguntas sin contestar....


¿Como es posible un fotógrafo francés de nacimiento realice gran parte de su actividad en USA entre 1878-1888  sobre la arquitectura americana y no haya sido estudiado por los americanos?

Y, en sentido contrario,

¿Como es posible que un fotógrafo francés que realizó esa actividad en USA, ademas de la propia en Europa, no haya sido estudiado por los franceses?

Y, para completar las preguntas

¿Como es posible que nunca haya tenido una exposición en un museo a pesar de estar en los mejores museos y bibliotecas USA?

Respuesta posible

Porque, para los americanos es francés y , para los franceses, es americano.......

Holders of Albert Levy photos:
  • Boston Public Library
  • Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library --> link
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Ministère de Culture France
  • George Eastman House
  • University of Winsconsin
  • Library of Congress --> They own the 2nd and 3rd serie of "L'Architecture Americaine" and they are looking for the 1st serie. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ and look for "Albert Levy". It also has more sources (32)
  • Jean Paul Getty Museum
  • University of Lousville
  • Cornell University
  • Architektur Sammlung of the Technische Hochschule in Munich. --> they own the three series of "L'Architecture Americaine".
  • Ville de Paris: BHVP / Roger-Viollet.
  • The Redwood Library and Athenæum (the oldest lending library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country. Founded in 1747) holds: "Albert Levy’s Architectural Photographic Series 2 and 10, ca. 1880
    Box 9".
    • We can read in his GUIDE TO ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES: Albert Levy was a French photographer born in 1847,
      who studied and practiced in both the United States and
      Europe. These two series were printed in New York by
      Albert Levy and contain images from Massachusetts,
      Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Washington,
      D.C. Each photograph is numbered and identified on a
      list that includes the type of building, location, and name
      of the architect(s). There are a total of 54 silver gelatin
      prints (9.5 x 7.75 inch) in this collection.
  • The Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection at University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries.
  • Centre Canadien d'Architecture --> http://svrdam.cca.qc.ca/search/bs.aspx#s=albert%20levy&p=1&a=kw&nr=1&nq=1
  • Art institute of Chicago:  More images by Albert Levy in the web!  In its HALIC (Historical Architecture and Landscapes Image Collection) collection look for "Albert Levy" and you will find 97 photos by Albert Levy. You can also check in the old HALIC link and look for "Levy".

 Obra  principal, series

Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture. There are at least 36 series (26). Due to these series, Albert Levy is referenced as counterpart for Alinari in the United States (13).
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Second Series, Country Dwellings. (16)
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Ninth Series, Street Fronts. (16)
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: First Series, Private City Dwellings. (16)
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Fifth Series, Messrs. Vanderbilt's Mansions. (16)
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Tenth Series, Sea Shore Cottages and Country Houses. (16)
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Twelfth Series, Modern Street Architecture of Berlin, Street Fronts and Apartment Houses. (16)
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series, the Fourteenth Series: Romanesque and Gothic Churches in the South of France (24)
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Sixteenth Series, American Private City Dwellings. (16)
  • Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series : Lévy, Albert. 1895 (16)
  • Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series:  Twenty-fourth series.(Berne, Lucerne, Zurich and other Swiss cities and towns) (21)
  • Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series : Thirty-Fifth Series, Sea Shore Cottages And Country Houses, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Maine : Lévy, Albert. 1895 (16)
  • Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series. Street Fronts, Stores, Office Buildings, Etc : Lévy, Albert. c1884 (15)
  • Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series : Thirty-Sixth Series, Sea-Shore Cottages, Etc., Newport, R.I., And Long Branch, N.J : Lévy, Albert. 1895 (15)
  • Albert Levy's Photographic Series Of Modern American Architecture. : Lévy, Albert. 1883
  • Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series: 3rd series, French Gothic and Renaissance, Civil and Domestic Architecture, New York: Albert Levy, 1884. (14)
  • Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series: 33rd series, American City and Country Residences, etc, New York: Albert Levy, 1884. (14)

    En ( google translate)

    A few days ago I published a post that included, without further comment, a film of more than an hour of Vivian Maier.
    Now, look at the movie in detail I recommend you see.
    I think many of the readers of this blog have seen some of their photos in recent exhibitions that have toured Spain and the world.
    I do not think I'm wrong if I say that most of the viewers who went to see them liked us very much when not "very much" although this word always seems an exaggeration because it is habitual to hear it.
    Well the discoverer of those photos, that photographer who made them, that person who was that photographer has made this film about the process of discovering the photos, and how he began to discover the person who existed behind the camera.
    It is in English, but is well understood and FURTHER SUBTITLED ALSO IN ENGLISH.
    I think that many of us, at some point, in more or less, with few means or with many means, have done an investigative work on a photographer or a photo.
    Well here, in the film, we see how an investigation is carried out with sufficient means, in the internet era, in the USA where the questions and answers are produced more easily than here (interviews with people that allow their publication) and, on everything, as investigated, which can be investigated from many objects of the person investigated (letters, bills, clothes, suitcases, etc.)
    The said, really entertaining and entertaining the movie that, in addition, we are showing many photos of Vivian Maier that have not appeared in the exhibitions held so far.
    Maybe I liked it better because personally I like the research (as amateur) photographic and I know that, by many means you have, the internet mainly, it is not easy to do and it takes a lot of time and many failures

    As I said earlier, I have done a thorough research on the life and work of Albert Levy, and much less on photographers or photographs (some of them, by the way, I uploaded to Wikipedia to encourage people to expand data)
    In six years I got a lot of information about his photos and almost none about his life.
    And, I still continue the research today and I do not know to answer some questions about the life of a photographer.
    So, this year, I went to the library of the last address that I knew "Asnières" asking for data about him and I got the following answer:

    Monsieur,

    Suite à votre courriel du 19 mars 2017,
    Nous avons trouvé trace de ce monsieur Albert Levy résidant bien au 4 avenue Pinel from 1901 to 1931 date de son décès
    Le service ne possède de collection photographique émanant de lui.

    Cordialement

    François-xavier CHAIX
    Service des Archives
    1 place de l'hôtel de ville
    B P 217
    92602 Asnières-sur-Seine Cedex
    TEL: 01 41 11 17 21
    FAX 01.47.33.16.75

    That is, except for an error, he stopped photographing around 1901/05 and died in 1931 without any trace of his work in his village, which is rare since we are talking about 30 years and Asnières, let's not forget, was a villa famous for its proximity to Paris and for being the object of many Impressionist painters.



     
    And I still have many questions unanswered ....


    How is it possible for a French born photographer to carry out much of his activity in the USA between 1878-1888 on American architecture and has not been studied by the Americans?

    And, in the opposite direction,

    How is it possible that a French photographer who did this activity in the USA, in addition to his own in Europe, has not been studied by the French?

    And, to complete the questions

    How is it possible that I have never had an exhibition in a museum despite being in the best museums and libraries in the USA?

    Possible answer

    Because, for the Americans it is French and, for the French, it is American .......

    Holders of Albert Levy photos:

        
    Boston Public Library

        
    Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library - & gt; link

        
    Santa Barbara Museum of Art

        
    Metropolitan Museum of Art - & gt; http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/department.asp?dep=19

        
    Ministère de Culture France

        
    George Eastman House

        
    University of Wisconsin

        
    Library of Congress - & gt; They own the 2nd and 3rd series of "L'Architecture Americaine" and they are looking for the 1st series. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ and look for "Albert Levy". It also has more sources (32)

        
    Jean Paul Getty Museum

        
    University of Lousville

        
    Cornell University
        
    Architektur Sammlung of the Technische Hochschule in Munich. - & gt; they own the three series of "L'Architecture Americaine".
        
    Ville de Paris: BHVP / Roger-Viollet.
        
    The Redwood Library and Athenæum (the oldest library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country. Founded in 1747) holds: "Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series 2 and 10, ca. 1880
        
    Box 9 ".

    We can read in his GUIDE TO ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES: Albert Levy was a French photographer born in 1847,
            
    who studied and practiced in both the United States and
            
    Europe. These two series were printed in New York by
            
    Albert Levy and contain images from Massachusetts,
            
    Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Washington,
            
    D.C. Each photograph is numbered and identified on a
            
    list that includes the type of building, location, and name
            
    of the architect (s). There are a total of 54 silver gelatin
            
    prints (9.5 x 7.75 inch) in this collection.
        
    The Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection at University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries.
        
    Center Canadien d'Architecture - & gt; http://svrdam.cca.qc.ca/search/bs.aspx#s=albert%20levy&p=1&a=kw&nr=1&nq=1

        
    Art institute of Chicago: More images by Albert Levy in the web! In its HALIC (Historical Architecture and Landscapes Image Collection) collection look for "Albert Levy" and you will find 97 photos by Albert Levy. You can also check in the old HALIC link and look for "Levy".


     
    Main work, series


    Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture. There are at least 36 series (26). Due to these series, Albert Levy is referenced the counterpart for Alinari in the United States (13).

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Second Series, Country Dwellings. (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Ninth Series, Street Fronts. (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: First Series, Private City Dwellings. (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Fifth Series, Messrs. Vanderbilt's Mansions. (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Tenth Series, Sea Shore Cottages and Country Houses. (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Twelfth Series, Modern Street Architecture of Berlin, Street Fronts and Apartment Houses. (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series, the Fourteenth Series: Romanesque and Gothic Churches in the South of France (24)

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series of Modern American Architecture: Sixteenth Series, American Private City Dwellings. (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series: Lévy, Albert. 1895 (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series: Twenty-fourth series (Berne, Lucerne, Zurich and other Swiss cities and towns) (21)

        
    Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series: Thirty-Fifth Series, Sea Shore Cottages And Country Houses, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Maine: Lévy, Albert. 1895 (16)

        
    Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series. Street Fronts, Stores, Office Buildings, Etc: Lévy, Albert. c1884 (15)

        
    Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series: Thirty-Sixth Series, Sea-Shore Cottages, Etc., Newport, R.I., And Long Branch, N.J: Lévy, Albert. 1895 (15)

        
    Albert Levy's Photographic Series Of Modern American Architecture. : Lévy, Albert. 1883

        
    Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series: 3rd Series, French Gothic and Renaissance, Civil and Domestic Architecture, New York: Albert Levy, 1884. (14)

        
    Albert Levy's Architectural Photographic Series: 33rd series, American City and Country Residences, etc., New York: Albert Levy, 1884. (14)
     

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